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Book disposal

February 19th, 2009 (03:52 pm)

Unsurprisingly, I find myself constitutionally unable to get rid of all the books which I have sorted out and allocated to be taken to Oxfam. These books have been sitting on my floor for fourteen months, and taking even some of them out to be given new homes is an achievement of sorts in itself. It may be that another sorting process would find other titles to be circulated from my shelves to those of other people, but I am not going to begin now as I have managed to clear the floor of one room in my flat of stuff, which is a major achievement, removing these books will go some way to find another.

Meanwhile, on an old computer table, sit the books which have been accumulating for the past six months waiting for shelf space to appear...


Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: February 19th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)

If you can spare the time and hassle, selling them on eBay will potentially raise more money for good causes than dumping them in an Oxfam shop.

On the other hand, it is a lot more hassle. The books left over from NewYearSwapFragButtsManay raised quite a bit for the Oldies Club.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 19th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)

Too late - left to Oxfam. I'm really surprised at your eBay experience, but pleasantly so; my impression of their books section was that lots of items didn't move very far or fast.

ETA: Though of course I've come across Oxfam shops selling items on eBay...

Edited at 2009-02-19 06:45 pm (UTC)

Posted by: didiusjulianus (didiusjulianus)
Posted at: February 20th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)

Some Oxfams are specific Oxfam Books shops located in likely places for maximising revenue, or are known for their excellent book sections, perhaps you used one of these parrot_knight (or could in future)? Meanwhile, ebay is all very well but sometimes things don't sell first go (or 2nd, 3rd...) and it IS a lot of hassle for a whole stack one needs shifted pronot. So I think either method is all right personally.

I can totally relate to the various stages in terms of not so much books (although we have some of those) but good-stuff in general that needs to go OUT.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 21st, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)

I did use an Oxfam Bookshop - and I'm so used to thinking of these as 'Oxfam' that I didn't realise that there was a possibility philmophlegm might not have realised this was what I meant - their pricing policy is quite sharp, I think. There are two Oxfam Bookshops in central Oxford.